The cruise ship, Princess Dawn of P&O Cruises, which had created
a huge controversy down under by being forbidden to dock in New
Caledonia because of fear of swine flu, has now been cleared by the
local health authorities and will be allowed to dock. Furthermore, it
has been determioned that the ship does not have any cases of swine flu
onboard after swabs of five suspected cases in passengers were returned
as negative for H1N1.
Two days after it was turned away from New Caledonia, all 2000
passengers and 800 crew will be allowed to disembark the ship on Friday
morning and continue their onward travel, as normal.
The ship's 13-day South Pacific journey was constant trial and
tribulation. The ship left Sydney nine hours late on May 24 after two
passengers on the previous cruise required testing for swine flu. Then
it was forced to forego its first scheduled stop on Noumea, in New
Caledonia, because of bad weather.
After four stops in Fiji and Vanuatu, New Caledonian authorities
refused to allow the Dawn Princess to dock for its final stop on
Tuesday morning after the ship's crew notified them of five passengers
with flu-like symptoms.